Legal Assistance
Legal Services Support Team, Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

Legal Assistance

The legal assistance office provides free legal assistance regarding personal civil legal matters to eligible beneficiaries. 

A. HOW TO BECOME A NEW CLIENT OF A LEGAL ASSISTANCE ATTORNEY:

a. You must have a valid military identification card

b. You must be eligible (see section B).

c. You must fall within our scope of services (see section C).

d. New Client Walk-Ins:

i. If you meet the eligibility requirements, and fall within our scope of services, you must come into our office in person and complete the client intake worksheet.

ii. Once your ID is verified and your intake paperwork processed an appointment can be scheduled with a legal assistance attorney.

iii. Clients are taken on a first come, first serve basis.


B. ELIGIBILITY:
Services are provided to persons in the following categories: Active Duty Members of the Armed Forces, Reservists on Active-Duty Orders, Retired Members, DoD Civilian other than Local Hires, Members of Allied Forces, and all Dependents of the Previously Named Categories. Exceptions fall under 10 U.S.C. 1072, 10 U.S.C. 1408(h), 10 U.S.C. 1059, and those with approved requests from the SJA to CMC.

DoD Civilians who are Local Hires and Civilian Contractors are NOT eligible for services, other than notarizations, unless their contract specifically states they rate legal services.


C. SCOPE OF SERVICES:

  • Family Law (divorce, separation, child custody, etc.)

  • Consumer, credit, and debt issues

  • Service members’ Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

  • Veterans reemployment rights

  • Estate Planning/Wills

  • Limited Immigration Assistance

Our office is prohibited from providing advice on:

  • Personal business matters

  • Criminal matters (traffic violations, DUI)

  • Claims against the government

  • Military justice or official military matters (courts-martial, NJPs, administrative separations)

Our office is also prohibited from providing advice to opposing parties (see section D), to third parties, and to anyone not established as a LSST-Iwakuni Legal Assistant client.


D. OPPOSING PARTIES:

Our office is unable to represent or advise opposing parties in any matter. If there is a conflict, we will transfer your file to another legal office for assistance. 

For further questions or assistance please email our office at iwakuni_legal_assistance@usmc.mil.

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